Whether you want to embrace Mad Men chic, or just hint at a retro influence, here’s how to get it right for today’s interiors…

Tone it down. The original emergence of what we now term ‘retro’ design was based on bold, bright colour and pattern, but contemporary versions are altogether softer, and easier to combine with existing furnishings, so look for designs that hint rather than shout. Alternatively, if you especially love a bright, busy pattern, just use it on one wall.

Mix and match. Some of the best modern collections bring together a broad variety of patterns that work effortlessly because they’re united by a curated palette: pale grey and warm yellow; deep blue and tangerine; pale aqua and sharp green are all winning combinations – as shown here – and the varied designs keep the overall scheme interesting.

Choose retro lines. Mid-century furniture, whether original or reproduction, is slick, simple and stylish, and even one or two pieces – from a classic sideboard to low easy chairs, combined with retro-style lighting and accessories – will easily bring the look to life.